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Older Americans Act Reauthorization Passes House

The House has passed H.R. 4334, the Dignity in Aging Act of 2019, which reauthorizes the Older Americans Act. The bill maintains funding for the work of the long-term care ombudsman program and continued authority for the National Center on Elder Abuse and National Long-Term Care Ombudsman Resource Center (NORC). Other provisions in the bill update elder justice activities to include community outreach and education and further coordination of services to address social isolation. For long-term care ombudsman programs, changes ensure that new funding is not supplanted by reducing local, state, or other funding sources; update references to fiscal years from 2000 to 2019; and codify that omb

Consumer Alert: Document Fee Scam

Helayne and her team want to make sure you and your family are aware of this consumer alert from Attorney General Josh Stein. CONSUMER ALERT Avoid paying unnecessary fees for official property documents Be careful paying for official documents. If you have trouble finding your official government or financial documents, be certain they’re not available for free or for minimal fees through the relevant government agency. Don’t pay for them from a third-party company unless you’re absolutely sure you can’t get them cheaper. Recently, private businesses have been sending official-looking “Recorded Deed Notice” mailings to consumers that offer to provide a property assessment profile for a $86 f

Empowering Locals to Brain Health Head-on

On Wednesday, October 2nd, over 100 community members gathered at Odell Williamson Auditorium to learn how to Age With Purpose. This educational event focused on brain-health, wellness, and legal planning. Age With Purpose was organized by Healthy Living NC and brought together five different professionals to share their knowledge. Presenting the event, Healthy Living NC, Elder Law and Life Care Planning Center, and the Alive Inside Foundation, had a specific goal in mind. Their goal was to share the message that many forms of cognitive decline are preventable. By planning, in terms of our physical and cognitive health, as well as our legal and financial wellness, we can make a difference in

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